Double Chin, Double Take
Sometimes, things develop so slowly that you hardly even notice them until it’s too late. Many Americans eat healthy, exercise, and tailor their lifestyles towards positive health outcomes, yet there are a few signs of aging, which cannot be avoided. Gray hair can be colored, lines and wrinkles filled in at home or in a Dr’s office, and even failing sight can be medically and surgically corrected. However, until recently there has been little that could be done for one of the most common signs of aging (and gaining weight at a most noticeable site!), the unsightly double chin.
The sub-mental fullness, more commonly known as a “double chin” is a subcutaneous fat deposit located below a person’s chin and jaw line. The fat deposit gives the illusion of a longer face than is the actual case, and many sufferers report that it makes them feel both older and heavier than they actually are. This condition affects both men and women and can be caused by aging and genetic factors just as easily as weight gain. In fact, although it gives the illusion of obesity, you don’t have to be overweight to have sub-mental fullness. If you are one of the millions of people suffering from subcutaneous fat gain below the chin, you are certainly not alone.
According to a 2015 study conducted by the American Society for Dermatological Surgery, 67% of the nearly 7,500 people surveyed reported being bothered by the amount of fat below their chins.
*Results may vary from person to person.
What Can be Done?
Until recently, not a lot could be done about double chins without invasive and risky surgeries, including liposuction. While diet and exercise can control most fat accumulation across the body, there are no specific exercises or diets to combat submental fat deposits (could you imagine the lines at the local gym for the throat machines if there were?) Even fat-fighting supplements, which are rarely FDA approved and imprecise at best, cannot specifically target these stubborn fat deposits.
Luckily, there is an FDA-approved, non-surgical and non-invasive outpatient procedure to combat this unsightly aesthetic problem, which utilizes a fat-attacking molecule your body already produces, and it is available for deployment in Ocean Springs, MS.
Kybella® Withdraws Your Deposit
Kybella®, from the makers of Botox® is the first-of-its-kind, non-surgical, injectable treatment which specifically targets subcutaneous fat deposits at the site of injection. When applied to the submental region, it has been shown to be effective in reducing and remodeling the area to a more youthful appearance. It is a colorless, particulate-free liquid applied throughout the affected area in a series of 0.2ml aliquots. The active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, is a naturally occurring molecule that is produced normally in the liver.
Deoxycholic acid aids in the breakdown and digestion of dietary fats in the small intestine; and when applied directly to the fat of the double chin it will do just that. In fact, once the fat deposits are broken up and reabsorbed by the body, these fat deposits do not redevelop; and as an added bonus the overlying skin shrinks to take up the slack. Following the procedure, patients report a more-youthful appearance, which lasts for years without any need for additional intervention.
How Can I Get These Results?
Spring of Youth (SOYM) Medical Group is Southern Mississippi’s foremost provider of customized, patient-focused care for vein, lymphatics and circulation disorders and for aesthetic skin conditions. We have been serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast for well over a decade, and are fully trained in the most up-to-date, cutting edge aesthetic procedures and medical interventions. Under the direction and supervision of senior provider Dr. Hazem Barmada, our expertly trained and caring team of healthcare professionals understands the conditions we treat, as well as the concerns, hopes and aspiration of our patients.
We proudly offer Kybella® as a treatment option for double chin; and our in-depth knowledge of anatomy, specifically the submental region has earned us certification through the Kybella® injection training programs. This training and expertise allows us to administer the injections precisely to avoid complications of the skin, nerves, salivary glands, lymph nodes, and the delicate muscle of the neck, which are occasionally seen in surgical interventions for submental fullness.
The procedure takes around 15-20 minutes in the comfort of our office; and although most patients need and receive only 2-3 treatments, excessive fullness may require up to six treatments. Treatments of Kybella® are given at monthly intervals to enable decision on subsequent treatments and if more are needed. As mentioned, up to 6 treatment sessions may rarely be required in very large submental fat deposits.
It is important to schedule a professional consultation in our offices for evaluation and to determine eligibility prior to any procedure. There are a number of factors which affect the outcome of any aesthetic procedure, and Kybella® injections may not be suitable for all people with sub-mental fullness, because the perception of a double-chin can be caused by other conditions including enlargement of the thyroid gland (thyromegaly or “goiter”) and cervical lymphadenopathy (swelling of the lymph nodes). Scarring in the target area from previous surgeries or infection may pause a relative contraindication; but depending on the individual case, Kybella® may still be a viable treatment option.
A consultation will also enable our team of specialists to gain important information about you as the patient, including your lifestyle, to tailor the results to your specifications. No two procedures are exactly alike because no two patients are exactly alike. Kybella® is administered as a set of injections, whose exact number and exact location would vary depending on the amount of sub-mental fat deposits you have, your age, gender, weight, and skin chemistry factors. Our goal is to deliver the best aesthetic treatment by having our team of specialists work with each individual to create the most-effective, individualized plan for their treatment and satisfaction.
To book an initial consultation with a cosmetic specialist at the Spring of Youth Medical Group, please call (228) 875-0885. We are conveniently located at 1155 Ocean Springs Road, Ocean Springs, MS. 39564
You can find more information on cosmetic procedures and products on our website: www.springofyouthmedical.com.
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